Cutting the communications cord is a goal of the U.S. Special Operations Command as it prepares for missions against a new type of foe. The command is not looking to sever ties with its forces in the field, but instead wants to give them broad-based connectivity to function without being restricted by either environment or operating partner.
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Special operations forces require a variety of systems—everything from satellites to submarines—to accomplish their mission, and officials are looking outside traditional circles for solutions. By the end of this month, they expect to decide on a path forward for problem solvers who fall outside of the norm and their new methods and ideas touching on biotechnology, machine learning and the Internet of Things.
When the public thinks of Special Operations Forces (SOF), the vision that usually comes to mind is of gun-blazing commando raids such as the one that brought justice to Osama bin Laden. Yes, certain elements of SOF receive considerable public attention and accrue celebrity-style glamour. While this attention is well-deserved, most of what SOF does is hidden from the public eye and is far more important than many realize.
Thales Defense Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded a $9,900,000 (estimated contract value) single award, indefinite–delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) family of radios sustainment in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Procurement Division. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $3,005 are being obligated at time of award via delivery order 0001. This contract is funded with operations and maintenance appropriation at the delivery order level, using current fiscal year funding, and is not multiyear.
AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum of $475,000,000 for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services at multiple locations worldwide. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and eight responsive proposals were received. The contract includes a 54-month period of performance, with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one six-month ordering period. Estimated completion date is July 2022.
AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0032) for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders.
Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, has been awarded a one-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-16-D-0031) for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS 1.5-B) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services. The services will be provided worldwide, as specified in individual task orders. The period of performance is 12-months (six-month base period with two three-month options). This is a sole-source requirement and was issued under the authority 10 U.S.
Carahsoft Technology Corp., Reston, Virginia (H92222-16-D-0035), is being awarded a single $42,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide design, development, integration testing and operational support for a Distributed Common Ground/Surface System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB) Metadata Catalog (MDC) and data integration in the extensible markup language (XML) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Operation Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Brig. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton, USA, has been assigned as commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.
Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa (H92241-16-D-0005), is being awarded a $41,285,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide non-recurring engineering and video processing module for the U.S. Special Operations Command Technology Applications Program Office. The majority of the work will be performed in Cedar Rapids and is expected to be completed by March 7, 2023. Fiscal 2015 procurement funds in the amount of $7,288,357 are being obligated at the time of award. Each individual task order will be funded with procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year.
CACI - Athena Inc., Arlington, Virginia (H92222-16-C-0029), was awarded a maximum $179,859,727, five-year (base and four, one-year options) firm-fixed-price contract for Joint Geospatial Analytical Support Services in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The majority of the work will be performed in the United States. and overseas. Work is expected to be completed by February 28, 2021, assuming all options are exercised. Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated. A contract was previously awarded in December 2014, but performance was stopped due to protest activity in January 2015. A new contract is being awarded as the result of corrective action. The U.S.
Harris Corp., RF Communications Division, Rochester, New York, was awarded an estimated $390 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Special Operations Forces tactical communications next generation handheld radio. The majority of the work will be performed in Rochester, New York, with an estimated completion date of August 2020. Fiscal 2015 procurement funds in the amount of $2,500 are obligated to satisfy the minimum guarantee. Additional funding shall be obligated on a delivery order basis. This contract was competitive acquisition, with three proposals received. The Special Operations Command Contracting Office, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communications Corp., doing business as Warrior Systems Div., Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $9,900,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high-performance image intensifier tube assembly. The image intensifier tubes are in direct support of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division in-service engineering agent for the repair and life cycle support of the AN/PVS-15 series of night vision goggles and AN/PVS-18 series of night vision monocular for the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, a university affiliated research center in Laurel, Maryland, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum value of $405 million for theoretical analyses, exploratory studies, and/or experiments in various fields of science and technology; and engineering and/or developmental work for the practical application of investigative findings and theories of a scientific or technical nature through employment of their eight core competencies in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The work will be performed in Laurel, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by February 2020.
Besides having one of the coolest names in the Defense Department, Bonny Heet may arguably have one of the coolest jobs as well—program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).
The SBIR program and its sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development with an eye toward commercialization. Heet reports that 11 federal agencies, including the Defense Department, participate in the SBIR program. Special Operations Command is one of only 13 Defense Department component agencies that have a SBIR program.
Exelis Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $190 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. This contract has a five-year base period and a three-year incentive award period. Individual task orders will be funded with operations and maintenance or procurement appropriations under the appropriate fiscal year. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92241-14-D-0006).
Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada is being awarded a maximum $10,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a four-year ordering period in support of U.S. Special Operations Command. The results of this contract will allow ground-based forces to digitally provide overhead aircraft with Personal Location Information and designate targets digitally to on-board aircraft computer systems allowing pilots to see where friendly forces are located on the aircraft Common Operating Picture as well as the GPS location of the target. U.S. SOCOM/Directorate of Procurement, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (H92222-14-D-0023).
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems was awarded a contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITV). The three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is for up to 10 vehicles, with integration and logistical support and training. The total value of the contract is $5.8 million if all options are exercised.
Trivec-Avant Corp., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Antenna Research Associates Inc., Beltsville, Md., were awarded a maximum $10 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for nine types of ultrahigh frequency satellite communications antennas to be used in various configurations by special operations forces. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp., Warminster, Pa., is being awarded a $17,970,662 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement for engineering, integration, system maintenance/repair services, and training for the continued development of advanced sensors and systems in support of naval aviation missions of the Special Operations Command. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.